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Ombudsman: Russia doesn't fully meet refugee protection commitments

February 04, 2014, 16:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to Lukin, the issue of legalizing compatriots from former Soviet republics and granting Russian citizenship to them had lost none of its urgency
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 The issue of legalizing compatriots from former Soviet republics and granting Russian citizenship to them is still urgent

The issue of legalizing compatriots from former Soviet republics and granting Russian citizenship to them is still urgent

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MOSCOW, February 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian ombudsman Vladimir Lukin said Russia does not fully meet its refugee protection commitments.

"Regardless of the events happening in the world, the number of emigrants acknowledged as refugees has not changed in Russia in the past 15 years, ranging between 500 and 900 a year," Lukin said at a meeting of the presidential Council for Civil Society Development and Human Rights on Tuesday. "We have a similar situation with the persons who were granted temporary asylum: over the designated period, their total number has not exceeded 6,000."

"Such 'stability' gives reasons to believe that Russia does not fully meet the international commitments that stem from its’ joining relevant conventions," the ombudsman went on.

At the same time, he noted that the Federal Migration Service's attitude to refugees "has taken a turn for the better." He said his conclusion was based on the recent inspections of several temporary detention facilities for migrants.

According to Lukin, the issue of legalizing compatriots from former Soviet republics and granting Russian citizenship to them had lost none of its urgency. Also, he called the automatic deportation of foreigners for minor administrative offenses on the strength of computer database information “a serious problem”.

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